The summer is almost upon us, which means the season for blockbuster movies is here. With the successful adaptation of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn I thought I would talk about some other movies that come from books. Like me, I am sure a lot of people out there would prefer to read the book before seeing the movies so we might be too busy reading to find time to see this films which are out now or coming really soon. I am going exclude The Hobbit and Mockingjay simply because I believe everyone is aware of these books.
Starring Nicole Kidman, Mark Strong and Colin Firth, this psychological thriller tells the story of a woman suffering from anterograde amnesia. Every night she goes to sleep and wakes up with no memory of the past ten years. Slowly she tries to reconstruct her memory but how much can she trust what she wrote over the past ten years. S. J. Watson’s debut novel has been a literary sensation and now is our chance to see how it translates onto the silver screen.
Matt Scudder is Lawrence Block’s offering to hardboiled crime novels. With seventeen books in the series, this character has been around since 1976. An alcoholic ex-cop who quit the NYPD after accidentally causing the death of a young girl, he now does favours for people who in return give him gifts of money. Scudder was portrayed in 1986 by Jeff Bridges in Eight Million Ways to Die (book 5) and now Liam Neeson is taking on the role in A Walk Among the Tombstones (book 10).
Jonathan Trooper is the author of six comedy/drama novels but he may be best known for the television series Banshee that he created with David Schickler. This is Where I Leave You is the story the Foxman family. After their father dies, the family finds out that his dying request was for them to spend seven days together; his attempt to bring his family back together has hilarious outcomes. This is a story of a dysfunctional family, full of raw emotions, staring Jason Bateman, Jane Fonda and Tina Fey.
The movie was adapted from Dennis Lehane’s short story “Animal Rescue” and is the last movie from the late James Gandolfini. A lonely bartender planning suicide finds himself crossing paths with the Chechen mafia. Typical to Lehane’s style you can expect a fast paced and highly thrilling movie. Featuring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and as mentioned before the late, great Gandolfini.
I have a working theory that every time Jennifer Lawrence stars in a movie with Bradley Cooper she gets an Oscar nomination. Set in the Depression era Serena is a French/American drama about newlyweds trying to run a timber business. Struggling to keep the business going, things become more complicated for George Pemberton when he finds out his wife cannot bear children.
There are plenty to keep you going; in 2015 there will be plenty more. Including Insurgent by Veronica Roth, 50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs and Inferno by Dan Brown. We can go on and on with the upcoming film adaptations, what are you looking forward to seeing adapted?